Washington County is responsible  for accepting and processing land use applications located in the rural unincorporated area.  The areas that make up the rural unincorporated portion of Washington County are those areas that are not located within the boundary of any cities or are not located within the boundary of the Urban Growth Boundary.

The major land use goal within the rural area of Washington County is to protect forest and farm land from development by limiting the development that can occur within rural land use districts.  Land use regulations within the rural district also limit the amount of development within Significant Natural Resources.

Land use applications submitted for proposed uses within the the rural area are allowed 150 days for processing and decision. 

Please click the link below for a list of all the land use districts that are located within the Rural Area.

Rural Land Use Districts



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